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1.Identify the changes in growth and motor development from ages six to twelve.
2.Describe how the growth spurts of the brain in middle childhood affect cognitive development.
3.Identify the health risks to children in middle childhood.
4.Trace the pattern of language development in the school years.
5.Explain Piaget's view of the concrete operational stage.
6.Summarize the research testing Piaget's ideas.
7.Explain advances in information-processing skills in the school years.
8.Describe the skills involved in learning to read and write.
9.Describe how tests are used to measure and predict achievement and intelligence.
10.Summarize the issues involved in IQ testing in the schools.
11.List the characteristics of effective schools.
12.Summarize the research on the homeschooling movement.
13.Describe the affects of language proficiency, sex, race, and culture on school performance.
14.Describe the issues involved with children with learning disabilities.
15.Summarize the issues involved with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
16.Describe the key points of the psychoanalytic perspectives relevant to middle childhood.
17.Summarize the key points of the social-cognitive perspectives relevant to middle childhood.
18.Trace the development of moral emotions across the middle childhood period.
19.Trace the development of moral reasoning across the school-aged period.
20.Summarize how learning theory explains the development of moral behavior.
21.Describe the changes in family relationships across the school years.
22.Trace the development of the friendships of the elementary school child.
23.Describe gender segregation in middle childhood.
24.Identify the patterns of aggression in school-aged children.
25.Summarize the research on bullies and victims.
26.Describe the characteristics of children that influence their social status in middle childhood.
27.Discuss the long-term consequences of childhood aggression and peer rejection.
28.Summarize the research on the Big Five personality traits.
29.Trace the development of the psychological self during middle childhood.
30.Describe the development of the evaluative aspect of the self-concept in middle childhood.
31.Explain how after-school care affects the social and personality development of school-aged children.
32.Discuss the effects of poverty on the development of the child.
33.Identify the influences that television has on the development of children.
34.Summarize the issues involved with video games.

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